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Critical Writing Seminar (Non-LPS): The Art of Persuasion

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WRIT 030 902
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Open to upperclassmen who have not fulfilled their writing requirement. We will begin by reading and analyzing Richard Toye's A Very Short Introduction to Rhetoric to learn about the art of informing and persuasing others, an art that is at the very heart of all civic society and every walk of life, as Toye's examples underscore, from the rhetoric of modern cinema and Churchill's wartime speeches to Islamic preaching. This introduction to rhetoric will be followed by students' own exploration of rhetoric in a topic of their own choosing, which might include the rhetoric engineers use to explain a failed bridge; a fashion designer uses to promote a new collection; or politicians and marketing consultants use to convince us to subscribe to their views. Teachers, doctors, and bill collectors use rhetoric, and so too lovers. Visual rhetoric - the ability of images to wordlessly persuade and explain - can be the most powerful of all. In this course, students will learn to be artful producers and discriminating recipients of rhetoric. Please note that the seats in WRIT 030 351 - WRIT 030 358 are typically reserved for upperclassmen, and that the seats in WRIT 030 601 - WRIT 030 603 are reserved for LPS students. Descriptions of WRIT 030 601 - WRIT 030 603 can be found here:
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